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India’s Rural Internet Plan Still a Pipe Dream

NEW DELHI—India’s Communications Ministry has big plans to connect hundreds of millions of villagers to the Internet. But for now, it is struggling to conquer email. In a cramped government office, a secretary tells a visitor that it will take 15 minutes for an email she sent to arrive in his inbox. The local broadband […]

Electric-Car Battery Suppliers Narrow

Luxury car maker Audi AG on Wednesday revealed its first all-electric car would go 310 miles on a charge using an advanced battery developed by South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd. and Samsung SDI Co., two of three Asian suppliers increasingly favored by car makers. Failed technology gambles and a half-decade of jockeying among suppliers have […]

Authors Group Seeks DOJ Probe of Amazon Inc. settled its dispute with publisher Hachette Book Group more than nine months ago, but a group of hundreds of authors is still battling the Web retailer. The collective, known as Authors United, on Thursday filed a letter with the U.S. Department of Justice seeking a probe of Amazon for having created a “monopoly” […]

Samsung Makes First Foray Into U.S. Stock Market

SEOUL—Samsung will make its first entry into U.S. stock markets with an anticipated $1 billion listing of its biotechnology affiliate, according to people familiar with the matter, marking a major step in the South Korean conglomerate’s foray into a new industry outside its better-known electronics business. The listing of Samsung Bioepis Co. on the Nasdaq […]

Review: The OnePlus 2 Smartphone

OnePlus bills its new phone, the OnePlus 2, a “2016 flagship killer”—a smartphone that not only surpasses this year’s best competition but next year’s as well. After using the phone for a more than a week, I found it fell short of the marketing hype but is an exceptional value. The best part about the […]

Tencent Investment Pushes Kik to $1 Billion

Kik Interactive Inc., the Canadian startup behind a popular messaging app, said it has turned to Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. for a $50 million investment that values the company at $1 billion. The deal gives Kik a financial jolt in its bid to take on deep-pocketed rivals Snapchat Inc. and WhatsApp, owned by […]

Tata Opportunities Fund to Invest Up to $100 Million in Uber

NEW DELHI—Uber Technologies Inc. has raised up to $100 million from Indian private-equity firm Tata Opportunities Fund, a person familiar with the matter said, as it seeks to accelerate its ride-hailing business in the company’s biggest market outside the U.S. by cities served. The San Francisco-based company’s India President Amit Jain on Wednesday declined to […]

Asian Taxi-Hailing Startups Give Uber a Run for Its Money

Investors have opened their checkbooks to rivals of Uber Technologies Inc. in Asia. Three Asian aspirants to the ride-hailing throne have attracted large sums of fresh capital in recent months, bringing their total fundraising to $5.8 billion, closing in on the more than $6.5 billion raised by Uber, according to data from CBI Insights and […]

Apple CarPlay Review: Siri’s Finally on the Right Road

Aug. 18, 2015 1:56 p.m. ET “Siri, are we there yet?” “You should be there in about 25 minutes.” “Siri, please play the top hits from 1990.” “Also, Siri, text Dad and tell him I’ll be there soon.” I take back all—OK most—of the expletives I’ve ever hurled at Siri. Apple’s personal assistant has finally […]

Vaio PCs Are Making a Comeback

TOKYO—Vaio, Sony Corp.’s former unprofitable PC business, is getting a makeover. The Japanese consumer-electronics maker sold Vaio last year to a private-equity fund, which stopped selling computers overseas to focus on Japan. Now, despite high hurdles, the business is attempting an international comeback. Vaio Corp. plans to…

UberEats Food Delivery Comes to San Francisco

By Douglas MacMillan CONNECT The UberEats food-delivery service is coming to San Francisco. Taylor Glascock for The Wall Street Journal The next stop in Uber’s ambitious foray into food delivery is its home town of San Francisco. Drivers for the ride-hailing app will begin delivering hot lunches in downtown areas of San Francisco this week, […]

Sprint to End Two-Year Contracts

Two-year contracts are disappearing from the U.S. wireless industry. Sprint Corp. said Monday it plans to do away with two-year contracts and will shift entirely to a model where customers lease their smartphones. Earlier this month, Verizon Communications Inc. said it would no longer sell contracts, and T-Mobile US Inc. did away with contracts more […]

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